A self-fulfilling prophecy of death...
Blogged by James Preece on 9th July 2012
From the Catholic Herald..
Professor Patrick Pullicino, a consultant neurologist for East Kent Hospitals and Professor of Clinical neurosciences at Kent University, stated in an address to the Royal Society of Medicine: “The lack of evidence for initiating the Liverpool Care Pathway makes it an assisted death pathway rather than a care pathway. Very likely many elderly patients who could live substantially longer are being killed by the LCP. Patients are frequently put on the pathway without a proper analysis of their condition. Predicting death in a time frame of three to four days, or even at any other specific time, is not possible scientifically.”
For those not familiar with the LCP it is a response to a patient perceived to be dying developed in a Liverpool hospice that involves heavy sedation, coupled with withdrawal of food and fluids. Professor Pullicino went on to comment that “This determination in the LCP leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy [...] If we accept the LCP we accept that euthanasia is part of the standard way of dying as it is now associated with 29% of NHS deaths.
Dr Philip Howard, an NHS doctor from Surrey, is pessimistic about the benefits of the LCP; he feels it means large-scale euthanasia by stealth and that the practice would gradually make it irrelevant whether euthanasia should be legalised. He commented: “It is a decision with an end in view. The patient is dying. Why? Because we say they are dying. Why? Because we have decided.”
Remember, the problem with the Pharisees wasn't that they had too many rules. God provided the rules. No, the problem with the Pharisees was that they played the rules like a kind of game and found 'clever' get outs allowing them to conveniently excuse all sorts of things.
Today's Pharisees are not the people who say "hold on, isn't starving people to death wrong?" Today's Pharisees are the people queuing up to provide technical get-out clauses for evil while counting themselves righteous on account of their high standing at the temple.